Coronado Historical Society Executive Director Janet Francis was this week’s guest speaker.

Brad Gerbel (left) introduced Katelynn Estrada and Janet Francis of CHA. President Jim Zoll on right.

Janet shared so much about Coronado’s lovely history and how the historical society is party of keeping records and sharing with the community. The city has had many changes …that have impacted life in Coronado and all preserved at the museum…the bridge, Hotel Del Coronado, tent city, train, and of course the military. The names synonymous with Coronado: Spreckels, Babcock and Story all creating the rich history of this little resort community.
CHA moved into the Marcos/Tent City building in 1999.  The museum is supported by the city and as part of that support and mission is their continuing “enhancing the essence of Coronado’s history.” The museum maintains a professional archive of many artifacts  from Coronado’s past.
Our own Optimist member, Katelynn Estrada, who also works at CHA handling membership and education, invited all to attend the museum’s Wine and Lecture series at the museum as well as going into all 3rd grade classrooms to teach the kids about Coronado History.


Coronado Police Det. Brian Wray stepped up to receive a check from Optimist President Jim Zoll for help in purchasing an AED for the Vernetti Baseball little league field.


Optimist Club of Coronado to Sponsor Oratorical Contest

Click Here: Oratorical Contest Application Form

“To be, or not to be…” famously spoke Hamlet. Local Coronado students can earnestly speak their thoughts on the topic, What the World Gains from Optimism, as participants in the 2017 Optimist International Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Optimist Club of Coronado.

The Oratorical Contest gives students an opportunity to organize and present their ideas and opinions to an audience, a valuable life skill. The Optimist Club of Coronado has been sponsoring the Oratorical Contest each year since 1971 helping to bring out the best in our students.

This year’s contest will be held in the Winn Room at the Coronado Library on Wednesday, March 22nd at 3:30 p.m. Judges will assess the students’ 4 – 5 minute speeches based on content, presentation, poise, and overall effectiveness. The top three students receive medallions and cash awards. The top two students have the opportunity to compete at the zone level contest in April; the zone winners will then compete at the California-South District level for the opportunity to win college scholarships.

Coronado students, including home-schooled students, under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016 are eligible to participate and encouraged to apply. Application forms and contest rules are available at and from Gene Rathswohl, the contest coordinator, at Completed application forms should be either emailed or mailed to Gene Rathswohl, 924 Eighth St., Coronado, CA 92118. Applications must be received by Tuesday, March 14th. A maximum of 20 students can participate, so the earlier an application is submitted the better. Contact Gene with any questions regarding the contest rules.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with over 75,000 adult and youth members in 2,600 clubs in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and throughout the world. Carrying the motto, “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about the Optimist Club of Coronado, visit our web site, come to a weekly Thursday morning meeting at 7:00 AM at the Community Center, or contact any member of the club.


SouperBowl of Caring 2017

February 6, 2017


Octagon Club had their SouperBowl of Caring Food Drive on February 5th…SuperBowl Sunday.  A total of 1,450 cans of food were collected from generous donors around Coronado.  The Octagon Club of Coronado would like to thank all those who donated to help this collection be a great success.


CHS Basketball Optimist Night was on Friday, February 3. Optimist Bob Kracht called the game.  Optimists came out in good numbers in their goldenrod shirts.


Pennies for Pasta begins!

February 3, 2017

Optimists showed up in force to begin counting bags of change for the Pennies for Pasta drive at Coronado Middle School.  Our own Optimist, Jennifer Landry, is also the middle school teacher spearheading this fundraiser.


Optimist Meeting 2-2-17

February 2, 2017

This week’s speaker was long time area Optimist Al Wong, pictured to the left with Optimist President Jim Zoll.   Al shared with us reflections on the history and traditions of Chinese New Year.

For the Chinese New Year it is party time…the elder Chinese bestow upon their children and grandchildren lovely red envelopes of money. Even the banks are getting into the mix and creating their own money envelopes with bank logos on them.

2017 is the Year of the Rooster…and the parties started January 28th for a 30 day of celebrations with dancing dragons and parades.

Check out the calendar and who your best or worst mates could be…according to Al.. trade in the wrong mate for a new one.  So Buddha wanted a birthday party and invited all the animals, but  only 12 showed up.  The Rat was the first so started the Chinese horoscope calendar.


Optimists help with SAFE Conference

Coronado Optimists were on hand to help out yesterday with registration at the 5th annual Coronado SAFE conference at Coronado High School.


It’s Our Birthday!

September 23, 2016

September 23, 1970
from the archives of the Coronado Journal….

“Optimist Club to charter Sept. 23 – David Nash. Capt. USN Ret., acting president of Optimist Club of Coronado, will charter the new civic club on September 23. The signed charter members number seventeen to date. The club will undertake Youth Appreciation Week as their first community project. The local members of the newly formed Optimist Club will participate in Youth Appreciation Week during November 9-15. The objective of this week is to recognize the accomplishments of youth in the home, school, church, and community. And to encourage other civic organizations to publicly show their respect for youth. Finally, the Optimist club hopes to encourage greater interchange of ideas between adults and youth leaders.

The Optimist Club of Coronado meets on Thursday mornings at 7 at La Avenida Restaurant for breakfast. A program of public interest is presented at all club meetings. Capt Nash, and all club members invite men of the community who are not presently affiliated with a civic club to join them at any of their meetings. The object of the club is for good fellowship and the betterment of our youth.”

September 8, 2016

September 8, 2016

Coronado PD Det Corporal Anthony Flores with Explorer Max Stangl who accepted a check for $500 for the continued work by CoPD and in the community of Coronado.


Optimist Club of Coronado – supporting our Coronado youth since 1970